Lainey Heyl joins GHD after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa and later in Yangon, Myanmar. In Benin, Lainey served as an English language teacher in a rural village. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Lainey devoted her time and attention to promoting gender development and female empowerment at local and national levels. She managed a national female scholarship program sponsored by the Batonga Foundation, founded a national girls’ empowerment summit and facilitated several gender transformative programs throughout her village. It was in Benin, in response to the hard-working women and girls in her community, that Lainey developed her passion for international development work. Upon completion of her service in Benin, Lainey transferred to Myanmar for a six-month assignment as one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers enlisted to help open the Peace Corps Myanmar program. In this role, Lainey performed the duties of a full-time government teacher while under scrupulous oversight from the Myanmar government. Most recently, Lainey served as a Gender Specialist at Plan International in Yangon, Myanmar where she facilitated the process of mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment into current development programs. Lainey graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies. Following graduation, she worked as an Environmental Geologist at an engineering firm in Philadelphia, PA. She is excited to join GHD where she hopes to build upon her current knowledge and skill set and further her interests in education, gender and development. Lainey is from Connecticut and speaks French with a proficiency in Burmese.
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